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ESC Reporter | January 23, 2018

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Rules for Söngvakeppnin 2015 released!

Rules for Söngvakeppnin 2015 released!
  • On September 30, 2014

Iceland has announced their participation in Vienna, and the dates for sending in entries is between September 26 and October 20. Iceland have never won the Eurovision Song Contest, but came second both in 1999 and in 2009.

Iceland will once again use their selection format Söngvakeppnin. The final in Iceland is set for February, but the exact date is not yet known.


According to Icelandic national broadcaster, RUV, here are the rules of the selection:


  • Composers and lyricists must be Icelandic citizens, or must have been living in Iceland since September 1, 2014 and also must live there until Eurovision 2015 in Vienna is held.
  • The writers and composers can cooperate with others, and even with those who are not Icelandic citizens.
  • Two-thirds of the song must be composed by an Icelandic citizen, and half of the text.
  • Composers and writers employed at RUV are excluded from participation in Eurovision 2015.
  • As always, the song must not have been published before in any form, both private and public, and must be maximum 3 minutes long.
  • The song has to be in the Icelandic language, but can be performed in another language if desired.
  • The composers must send in both the Icelandic lyrics and lyrics in the language they want it performed in.
  • Musicians or singers must be of 16 years by the end of 2014. There is no age limit for composers and writers.
  • Every composer can send in maximum two songs. The lyricist can be a co-writer on more than two songs.
  • A “Competition Commission” will be elected, and they will choose the songs to participate in the Icelandic selection. The commission will not know the full name of the songwriters, only a pseudonym, as the composers must be anonymous to secure a fair election of the competitors.


Stay tuned for more information regarding the Icelandic selection!

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